OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment & Footwear Sector
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OECD e-learning course on Due Diligence for Garment and Footwear Supply Chains
Following the successful launch of the OECD e-learning Academy on Responsible Business Conduct last year, a new e-learning course on Due Diligence for Garment and Footwear Supply Chains is now available to supplement your learning from the Essentials of OECD Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and advance your knowledge on OECD risk-based due diligence in supply chains specific to the sector. The new course aims to help learners deepen their knowledge of prevalent human rights, labour rights and environmental risks in the garment and footwear sector and understand how to implement OECD due diligence recommendations in their own operations and supply chain.
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OECD Alignment Assessments
The OECD has launched a process to assess the alignment of multi-stakeholder and industry initiatives with the detailed recommendations of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector.
This process, called the OECD Alignment Assessment process, is voluntary and two assessments have been conducted to date.
Business Handbooks on risk-based due diligence
▶ Business Handbook on Due Diligence for Enabling Living Incomes and Living Wages in Global Supply Chains in the Agricultural, Garment and Footwear Sectors.
The OECD is developing a Handbook that will help businesses identify, prevent and address risks related to living incomes and living wages by effectively implementing OECD risk-based due diligence. Handbook forthcoming.
▶ Business Handbook on due diligence for climate risks in garment and footwear supply chains
The OECD is collaborating with UNEP and the UNFCCC Secretariat to develop a Handbook to provide targeted practical actions to support businesses in implementing due diligence in the context of climate risks and adverse impacts in the garment and footwear sector. Handbook forthcoming.
More reports in the Garment and Footwear Sector
▶ Pilot on Integrating OECD Due Diligence into Public Procurement in the Garment Sector Garment and Footwear Sectors
Following the release of Integrating RBC in Public Procurement in 2021, the OECD conducted a pilot to support public buyers in integrating OECD risk-based due diligence in the public procurement of garment and textiles.
▶ OECD Feasibility Study
The OECD Feasibility Study provides an overview of different strategies for developing such a resource. It was designed to identify and assess potential methodological approaches for measuring the uptake, incentives and outcomes of enterprises’ due diligence practices as presented in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and elaborated upon in the OECD Garment Guidance.
▶ Introductory paper on SMEs and RBC
Given the great number of SMEs and their importance in the garment and footwear sector, this Introductory Paper on SMEs and Responsible Business Conduct considers the persisting challenges they face in implementing due diligence in their supply chains as well as the specific opportunities linked to their circumstances. The paper describes key characteristics of garment SMEs and their due diligence practices, the perceived obstacles they face in due diligence implementation and which type of RBC tools and support mechanisms appear to be more adapted to their situation.
▶ Responsible Business Conduct in the Garment and Footwear Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean
This regional report provide an analysis of RBC issues and initiatives to promote and enable the business engagement of responsible garment and footwear supply chains in Latin America and the Caribbean
OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector
This annual event brings together representatives from government, business, trade unions, civil society and international organisations to discuss challenges and risks, as well as learnings and solutions related to implementing due diligence in the global garment and footwear supply chains.
Forum 21-22 February 2024
Side sessions 19, 20 & 23 February 2024
Policy Maker Roundtable 20 February 2024
Manufacturers Network for Due Diligence in the Garment & Footwear Sector
The OECD established an informal network of manufacturers in the garment and footwear sector in 2019, to provide a discussion space for manufacturers to share experiences on implementing due diligence in their operations and supply chain, build a common understanding of due diligence topics and challenges, and bring a shared voice to the broader discussions at the annual OECD Garment Forum.
This Manufacturers Network meeting is open to manufacturers' associations, for more information contact [email protected]
RBC Capacity Building in MENA Region
Applications are now open to the regional capacity building programme on due diligence for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) in the garment and footwear sector in the Middle East, North Africa, and Türkiye.
The training programme is free of charge, designed to support companies in carrying out risk-based due diligence to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse impacts.
OECD Due Diligence Checker for the Garment and Footwear Sector
The Due Diligence Checker guides you through the 6-step due diligence framework of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment & Footwear Sector. After completing the questionnaire, you will receive an indicative gap analysis based on your responses to identify areas where your initiative should adjust its requirements to better reflect the Garment and Footwear Guidance.
Report on government promotion and support of businesses to implement the Garment & Footwear Guidance
How have the adhering governments and their National Contact Points actively promoted and supported the use of the OECD Garment & Footwear Guidance by companies since 2017?
While implementation remains mixed and efforts need to be intensified, the report cites many good practice examples, tools and resources from which the sector could draw inspiration to scale-up, collaborate and improve implementation. Some country-specific tables and graphs give a quick overview of the gaps that need to be filled.
More information on the related OECD Recommendation and the report ▶ OECD Legal Instruments
For more information, please contact: rbcgarment&[email protected]
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